We are celebrating the career and retirement of one of our longest serving servers. “Hudson” is an Intel Xeon E5405 with 16 GB of DDR2 667 ECC RAM. Four Hitachi 147 GB 15,000 RPM SAS drives in a RAID 10 configuration provided 294 GB of storage. Hudson was in service for 4.5 years, which is roughly equivalent to a 37 year long career in computer years. He has provided Insightrix with email services, VPN, active directory, and was lead on the Blackberry Enterprise Server project (now superseded by BYOD). Hudson spent the last six months of service preparing his successors (a much younger, larger team of servers) to take over critical duties. We had a pizza party to honour his service where many of the staff shared warm experiences with exchanged email and reminisced about the old days of PST files. Many people laughed about who was the biggest “pain in his assembly”. 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This weekend, Oscar travelled to Montreal the city many consider to be the cultural capital of Canada. Enamoured by the city’s certain je ne sais quoi, Oscar decided to get out and visit some of the sights, including the beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica. Who knew Oscar was such a fan of the Gothic architecture! ...

Avril Hogan, General Manager of Insightrix Research Australia office, has been named 2014 State of Victoria runner-up for the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) national award. The National Awards were held at Parliament House Canberra on September 24, 2014 in the presence of the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for Agriculture and the Hon. Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Women's Affairs. This award is Australia’s pre-eminent award for rural women. The award identifies and supports emerging leaders and change agents who have the capability and resources to drive innovation, productivity and sustainability within primary industries, and build economic and social development within rural communities. Originally from Canada, Avril migrated to Australia to a sheep farm outside of Goroke and started a regional market research company, Insightrix Research Pty Ltd. in Horsham, Victoria. Insightrix, Australia works in agriculture, business, education, real estate with clients throughout Australia. About Insightrix Founded in 2001, Insightrix Research Inc. is a full service market research firm that works with clients to meet their research needs. From its offices in Saskatoon, Sk, Canada and Horsham, Vic, Australia, Insightrix offers a comprehensive range of innovative research services....

Insightrix Research is proud to announce that it has been chosen as one of three preferred market research suppliers for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). The decision comes after an extensive review process. Since opening its doors in 2001, Insightrix Research has been at the forefront of research in the post-secondary sector. Insightrix is very excited to assist NAIT in reaching its vision to be the most relevant and responsive post-secondary institution in Canada and one of the world’s leading polytechnics....

Corrin Harper, CEO and President of Insightrix Research Inc., has been named as one of Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs as part of the 2014 W100 ranking, produced by PROFIT and Chatelaine. Ranking Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs on a composite score based on the size, growth rate and profitability of their businesses, the W100 profiles the country’s most successful female business owners. Published in the October issue of Canadian Business, the November issue of Chatelaine and online at PROFITguide.com and chatelaine.com, the W100 is Canada’s largest annual celebration of entrepreneurial achievement by women. “This year's W100 represent the absolute best of Canada's business community,” said James Cowan, Editor-in-chief of Canadian Business and PROFIT. “Female entrepreneurs are too often stereotyped as 'mompreneurs' pursuing part-time hobby businesses. But the W100 demonstrate just how vital they are to driving innovation and growth in the Canadian economy.” About Insightrix Founded in 2001, Insightrix Research Inc. is a full-service market research firm that works with clients to meet their research needs. From its office in Saskatoon, SK, Canada and Horsham, VIC, Australia, Insightrix offers a comprehensive range of innovative research services. About PROFIT and PROFITguide.com PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success is Canada’s preeminent media brand dedicated to the management issues and opportunities facing small and mid-sized businesses. For 32 years, Canadian entrepreneurs across a vast array of economic sectors have remained loyal to PROFIT because it’s a timely and reliable source of actionable information that helps them achieve business success and get the recognition they deserve for generating positive economic and social change. PROFIT appears inside every issue of Canadian Business and is online at PROFITguide.com. About Canadian Business Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving, best-selling and most-trusted business publication in the country. With a readership of more than 750,000, it is the country's premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada's business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Canadian Business provides concrete examples of business achievement, thought-provoking analysis and compelling storytelling, all in an elegant package with bold graphics and great photography. Canadian Business—what leadership looks like. About Chatelaine The country's leading women's media brand, Chatelaine makes "Everyday Extraordinary" for Canadian women and has been doing so for more than 85 years. Today, Chatelaine is a six-platform brand: available on television, radio, tablet and smartphone, plus in print and online. Chatelaine has a lively presence on social media sites, and Chatelaine.com is Canada's most engaged digital community for women 18+. With a team of "extraordinary" experts, Chatelaine brings together the very best of food (from The Chatelaine Kitchen powered by GE Café), style, decor, health and real life for women who want to look good, do good, feel great and make every day a little bit special. Chatelaine also has a line of retail products. Chatelaine is owned and operated by Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications....

To celebrate the beginning of summer, Insightrix held its annual staff and family summer barbeque last weekend at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. There was a bouncy castle, an inflatable slide, cotton candy, and, of course, more than enough food. Happy summer from everyone at Insightrix! ...

Oscar was lucky enough to be able to stay for a week in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii. His beachfront condo was minutes away from Waikiki beach, where he took in the rays and enjoyed the view. He was able to enjoy snorkelling at Hanauma Bay as well as many other activities that included a trip to Pearl Harbour, the North Shore, and whale watching. And what hot vacation isn’t complete without some bevvies while you’re watching the sunset?...

Insightrix is proud to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon and Area. Aiming to further enhance BBBS services, a new online community will be launched on May 8th 2014 on behalf of the organization. A new initiative for BBBS, and a new approach to the non-profit sector, the use of online communities promise to bring fresh ideas, dialogue and feedback amongst BBBS and its volunteers as well as other stakeholders on an ongoing basis. ...

The Marketing Research Intelligence Agency (MRIA) is holding its annual conference in Saskatoon from June 8 to 10, 2014. If you haven’t registered already (or have registered and are looking for even more reasons to look forward to the conference), here are ten great reasons to attend. #1. Great Speakers There are many fantastic speakers lined up for the conference: Dr. Darrell Bricker, CEO, Ipsos Global Public Affairs; Jeffrey Hayzlett, former Kodak CMO, a global business celebrity and primetime television show host; Jim Hopson, CEO and President, Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2013 Grey Cup champions; and research, strategy, and insights managers from RBC, Yahoo, Hershey’s, to name a few. For more information about the speakers, go to http://conference2014.mria-arim.ca/speakers/index.php. #2. Fun and Entertainment If you are interested in having fun while learning more about the industry, then this is the conference for you. There are many great events planned, including a 1920s theme party, live music, awards, a riverboat tour, and a networking gala, offering the perfect setting to have fun while enjoying the conference. #3. Create Your Own Program Schedule For the first time, the MRIA conference will have TED-style sessions, giving you a great choice of speakers. The sessions will cover a range of topics from marketing to hands-on case studies to consumer insights to innovative methodologies, and you will be able to customize your schedule. The MRIA conference app (coming soon..) will help you create your custom schedule by selecting the sessions you want to attend and saving them in your calendar. #4. Great Value The conference will provide insights, updates on trends, knowledge, and experiences, providing great value. The keynote speakers, featured speakers, and panelists will offer a chance to listen to and learn from their experiences in marketing, strategy, insights, research, and innovative trends. #5. Discover Saskatoon Ranked one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, Saskatoon has an unparalleled entrepreneurial spirit, trendy shopping areas, art galleries, and much more to offer. Saskatoon is the biggest city in Saskatchewan and holds numerous events throughout the summer, including the Jazz Festival, Folk Fest, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, and the Fringe Festival. Some of the must-see attractions include Broadway Avenue (which has great shops, yoga studio, cafes, and restaurants), the Farmers’ Market, the Western Development Museum, the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Diefenbaker Canada Centre, the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo and Wanuskewin Heritage Park. You can also explore the Meewasin Valley Trail, consisting of 21 km of riverbank trails that wind through the heart of the city. #6. Be an Early Innovator Attending the MRIA conference will give you insights into the latest market research techniques being used in the industry. The speakers and panelists will present world-class studies using various methodologies. Choose the topics that interest you, mark the sessions in your calendar, and learn about innovative concepts in market research. #7. Foster Relationships and Network Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn have helped all of us to connect with others and build professional networks. From June 8 to June 10, you will be able to meet many of the people who you have connected with virtually, giving you the chance to put faces to names. Nothing nurtures relationships faster than a conversation, handshake, and a glass of wine. #8. Build the Research Marketplace The MRIA Conference 2014 will serve as the biggest gathering of both the market research suppliers and buyers. The MRIA conference provides the chance for suppliers to showcase their products and services. Buyers, on the other hand, will have the opportunity to meet the largest gathering of suppliers in one place. Click here to learn more about current sponsorship and exhibition opportunities. #9. Take Action The sessions are a chance to not only listen to thought leaders but also directly engage and interact with them on issues that matter the most to your business. Determine which sessions you want to attend, review the session agenda, and get ready to engage with the best and brightest in the industry. #10. Because Presley Thinks You’ll Have a Great Time! Presley, our Chief Morale Office, won’t be able to attend the conference (he’ll be judging an international dog grooming contest), but he thinks that you’ll have a wonderful time at the conference and in Saskatoon. ...